History Rising is a study of museum display systems by artist Marjolijn Dijkman and curator Jes Fernie. By distancing museum objects from their support structures the project seeks to critique the assumptions that are made about how things are positioned, who chooses to display them, and how the social, political and aesthetic choices that are made in the process dictate the language of display.
The project began in 2013 in East Anglia, UK and will continue into 2015 in The Netherlands and Belgium, with installations of new work in museums and galleries, as well as a programme of public events.
Dijkman and Fernie are currently working on a publication which will be launched at the end of 2014.
New work by Marjolijn Dijkman was installed in two public museums in East Anglia (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Wisbech & Fenland Museum) and an artist run space (OUTPOST, in Norwich). Dijkman’s sculptures proposed strange and fantastical juxtapositions, alleviated objects from the weight of history and created links with modernism, the heritage industry and the aesthetics of sci-fi.
These installations were accompanied by a wide-ranging public programme including performative lectures, talks, a symposium, a costume collection for children, walks and foundry workshops.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery has acquired The Grand Release by Dijkman for their collection. This large-scale mobile is part of the History Rising programme and can be viewed in the Rotunda space during opening hours.